Whether you’re in Brussels or Barcelona, be prepared to say all of these.
1. “Do you have Wi-Fi?”
One of the biggest dilemmas study abroad students face is how to use their cell phones. International data
plans will rack up hundred dollar charges in a matter of minutes, so most students can only use their smartphones when Wi-Fi is available. This results in asking, “Do you have Wi-Fi?” at every restaurant, museum, store, or really any building you enter.
2. “How should we split the check?”
Often followed by, “Do you have a 2 euro coin?” Splitting checks is an American phenomenon, so in most foreign countries the responsibility is up to you. Unless you have a wealthy friend that will foot the bill, you will usually have to fork over an oddly specific amount in cash.
3. “7 hour bus ride? That’s not too bad!”
Cheap travel is synonymous with long bus and train rides. While you might groan at the idea of spending 10 hours on a bus in America, the low prices are too good to pass up when you’re traveling overseas.
“During your first few weekend trips, you may think a five hour bus ride sounds miserable, especially when you arrive at 3 a.m. But after a few weeks, it becomes routine. Soon enough, you’re doing 12 hour bus rides and it’s nothing!” said Ally Arrigo, a junior at Ole Miss who spent her summer in Florence, Italy.
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